September 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM
Salmon and tuna fisheries winding down at Westport and Ilwaco
Interest in the ocean salmon fishery has come to end for the most part with five days left in what has been a good summer season.
“Even last week it was fizzling, and that is typical for this time of year,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “Down at Ilwaco we saw a 0.75 chinook per person average and 0.3 for coho, and effort was really, really low. At Westport they had an average of 0.1 on chinook and 0.9 on coho.”
La Push which closed for salmon on Sept. 22 had a 0.2 chinook average, and 0.06 on coho.
“We saw just 10 chinook and three coho caught the whole week,” Beeghly said.
The La Push late salmon bubble fishery is open Sept. 28 to Oct. 13.
At Neah Bay, which also closed Sept. 22, saw no fish caught for a total of four anglers all last week.
Albacore tuna is also winding down although Beeghly says they still saw some catches from the Westport charterboat fleet.
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